posted on May, 30 2006 @ 04:40 PM
The Boeing P-8I is expected to be the front runner in India's competition to find a new maritime aircraft, in competition with the P-8I Ilyushin is
offering an improved Il-38 while the other rival bids are a Lockheed offering of improved P-3 Orions, an IAI bid based on the Falcon 900 and an EADS
CASA led Airbus bid with an A319MMA, but there is no bid to sell the Nimrod to India by BAE. The reason being that, just as with the USN requirement
that the P-8 was designed for, BAE is unwilling to restart Nimrod airframe manufacture because it is uneconomical (the basic design dates back to the
1940's). The A319 simply offers an up to date airframe for virtually the same systems, though it lacks some the Nimrods performance capabilities, and
is seen as a direct rival to the P-8 which is based on the A319's commercial rival,the 737.
If it was my choice I would narrow it down to the A319 and P-8, discarding old tech airframes like the Orion and Il-38 and the Falcon 900 must surely
be too small for any requirement that any of the other contenders are up for?
Not really knowing very much about the A319 variant I couldn't speculate any further than that but a modern efficient airframe, as offered by those
last two contenders, must surely have beneficial knock on effects for the operating costs and reliability of the aircraft chosen?
The A319 is said to be broadly the same as the A320MMA that is interesting France, Canada and Australia. These countries wanting the larger airframe
due to greater endurance and range requirements than India has.